Here are some things you can do on your own to relieve menstrual cramps:
1. Apply heat: hot water bottle, heat pad, layers, etc. Cold is one of the causes for the cramps. Even if you don't have cold, it still helps to apply heat. Why? Because heat encourages blood flow. When the blood is stagnant, it doesn't flow smoothly and causes pain. It's like what's happening outside. When it's nice and warm, things flow. When it's icy cold - not so much. It's important to maintain the smooth flow of blood so that you won't have pain.
2. Avoid cold and raw food: Cold can enter your body through food. Cold or raw food you ingest brings your body temperature down, creating cold, which is not ideal for the smooth flow of blood.
3. Exercise lightly: when something is stagnant in your body, it helps to move. "Light" exercise is the key, though. Could be a walk around the block, yoga, or stretch. Don't exhaust yourself. Just enough movement to get the blood moving.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love